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Warming Up

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Posted - 06/27/2005 :  06:37:19 AM  Show Profile  Visit chamachick's Homepage Send chamachick a Private Message
hey folks,

I was just given for free some baby alpaca from spun from a local woman's animals. beautiful yarn......but it has moths in it. any advice on how to get rid of moths and their eggs?



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Posted - 06/27/2005 :  07:38:57 AM  Show Profile Send KimberBaldwin a Private Message
Could you tell me a little more about the yarn? Is it in skeins or balls? You want to get it into skeins if it is not there already - you can use a kniddy-knoddy or wind it off around a chair back. Doing this will also allow you to see how damaged the yarn is. If there are a lot of small lengths of yarn, it may not be worth salvaging. Also, do not bring the yarn into your house if you have wool, alpaca yarn/sweaters already since it is easy to introduce an infestation!

Anyhow, once the yarn is in skeins, submerge them in lukewarn water. SLOWLY bring the water to a simmer and simmer 5 minutes. This will kill any insects/eggs in the fiber. Be careful not to agitate the water too much, especially with wool (which I know this isn't) or you can get some felting. After it has simmered for 5 minutes remove it from the burner and let it cool down to room temperature. Gently squeeze out as much water as possible and hang the skeins to dry, either in a shower or outside (since they will drip). Best of luck!

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Posted - 06/27/2005 :  07:55:12 AM  Show Profile Send blazfglori a Private Message
...and to keep them away, you could try keeping some cedar blocks around.
Moths hate cedar smell. ;)


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Posted - 06/27/2005 :  09:09:12 AM  Show Profile  Visit ChristinaP's Homepage Send ChristinaP a Private Message
Does anyone know if you could just microwave the skeins to kill the eggs? Microwaves kill lots of other things...

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Chatty Knitter

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Posted - 06/27/2005 :  09:29:06 AM  Show Profile  Visit knitswithcolors's Homepage Send knitswithcolors a Private Message
I've read somewhere that freezing helps. Personally, I would toss it. Too much wool, skeined and knit, to risk infestation.
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Seriously Hooked

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Posted - 06/27/2005 :  6:59:55 PM  Show Profile  Visit argoknit's Homepage Send argoknit a Private Message
Freezing does work, but it takes a long time compared to heat. And cedar, lavendar, etc. only have very limited effectiveness unless you keep them in very tight containers. I thought we had wool moths in the house but they were meal moths instead. Similar, but not the same, thank goodness. I have a ton of wool in the house.

I'm with knitswithcolors - I'd probably get rid of the yarn as to not risk infestation. It's the larvae that do the harm, not the moths.


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